The 4.0 Industrial Revolution … Where We Are, and Where We Are Going

From using water and coal as sources of energy to having robots perform human-like tasks. In between those two extreme situations, revolutions took place. Transforming our lives from conventional to extraordinary, we went through various phases starting with the first, where electricity was not discovered yet. The world then noticed rapid changes until we got introduced to digital technology and the idea of connectivity, also known as the 3.0 revolution.  As revolutionary as it was, 3.0 was only an introduction to the developments taking place as we enter the 4.0 Industrial Revolution (4IR) now. The revolution we are living through right now is all about digital transformation, having machines perform human-like tasks, and managing huge quantities of data to perform analysis in instances of a second. It is not limited to this, innovators are now looking into 3D printing and having fully integrated smart plants to maximize production and manufacturing. It is all so recent, so let us guide you through it.

Digital transformation, the core value of 4IR, has become a chance for us to enhance the value of life. From oil and gas to petrochemicals to smart cities, we can utilize drones and robotics to perform various activities. The use of such technologies will help us dedicate our manpower to jobs that are more critical while having AI-powered platforms and machine learning (ML) capabilities perform routine jobs and data analytics to help us reach informed decisions and foresee future patterns with the use of predictive maintenance. More specifically, machines will now assist human workers to perform their jobs with greater safety and efficiency while giving them the chance to be proactive rather than reactive throughout their activities. This is now our key to monitor the occurrence of pipeline corrosion, predict sound-based failures in rotating equipment, and utilize drones to perform critical inspection to reduce the level of incidents occurring in plants and industrial sites. This revolution is highlighted by speed, real-time data, and the ability for machines to make decisions autonomously. It is meant to decentralize the way we network, increasing our reliance on software, clouds, and blockchain while emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity.  

Countries worldwide are now incorporating digital transformation across all industries and sectors, making it part of their culture and an essential driver to their economies. More specifically, it is highlighted by Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision which aims to lead the country towards economic growth and greater quality of life. By that, Saudi Arabia has invested a great amount of its funds and country efforts towards achieving economic growth and sustainability using digital transformation. While inventions and use cases of 4IR technologies are still ongoing, the world has already noticed a change in the quality of operations, new product developments, a reduction in gas emissions, and an increase in environmental conservation. It is due to this revolution that we will implement IoT, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Drones, and 3D printing to our activities to increase our productivity. Taking part in the world’s rapid developments, ATINUM’s role as a key player in this revolution is highlighted by its smart solution that is essential to lead organizations towards digitalization. Our key value is reflected by our abilities to provide companies with a digital roadmap tailored to their activities in order to ease their path towards becoming digital. ATINUM’s solution is unique to using Drones, IoT, Robotics, and AI power platforms along with ML to drive its clients towards the 4IR.